• Your Complete Guide to Making a Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner {From Start to Finish}

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    Being vegan is quite a challenge, especially when it comes to the holidays. Thanksgiving, in particular, is a holiday where meat {turkey} is the main star — but it doesn’t have to be. We brought in one of our vegan HG contributors {+ wellness blogger, author, + vegan recipe developer}, Jenn of Neurotic Mommy, to create an entire Thanksgiving menu {from starters all the way to dessert}, minus any animal products. Check out her recipes below and make your very own vegan Thanksgiving dinner this year. 

    Starters/Apps

    neurotic mommy carrots in a blanket

    Yes, this is VEGAN.

    Carrots in a Blanket

    I know what you’re thinking, that perhaps this is where you draw the line. Carrots? Really? In a blanket? But — these are a crowd pleaser and head turner. Served up with some yellow mustard they oddly taste like “the real thing”.

    Get the recipe here

    Vegan Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

    Such a fun way to enjoy a classic fave. Brussel sprouts are a great superfood to add to in your holiday menu.

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    Easy Pumpkin Hummus

    Pumpkin season is in full swing, so it’s only right to start off with it. Made with fresh parsley and sesame seeds, it’s packed with protein and totally easy to make.

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    Bruschetta and Hummus on Toasted Baguette Slices

    This is so easy and all sorts of delicious — a nice finger food to start. They look pretty on the tray all while packing a huge flavorful punch. These two together are a must.

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    3-Ingredient Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts

    This is one of the first things to go at the table and definitely a splurge but totally worth it. Super easy and delicious with a dipping sauce to swoon over. 

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    READ: 6 Caterers That Offer Vegan Thanksgiving Meals in New Jersey + NYC 

    Sides

    Neurotic Mommy sweet potato mac cheese

    Maple Pecan Pumpkin Cornbread

    Three delicious flavors all combined in an easy to bake holiday favorite.

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    Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

    This super dreamy vegan cheese dish is made with sweet potatoes. It’s healthy, nut free, oil free, super smooth, creamy and delicious.

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    Crabless Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

    These Crabless Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms are simple to make and are totally delicious. The filling has a crab-like texture and an ocean-like flavor that will really fool your Omni friends.

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    The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes

    6-ingredient vegan mashed potatoes that are fluffy, creamy, buttery, and loaded with roasted garlic and chives. Perfect as is, with gravy, or with a giant scoop of vegan butter.

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    Vegan Porcini Mushroom Gravy

    You won’t miss the meat juices in this gravy. The mushrooms and fresh herbs make an extraordinary gravy that will have you asking for seconds.

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    Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts With Rosemary and Garlic

    Enjoy these roasted veggies as is or dipped in some delicious vegan Thanksgiving gravy.

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    Vegan Creamed Spinach

    This healthy creamed spinach recipe is made with a creamy garlic cashew sauce to keep it dairy-free. It has all the flavor you love, without the cheese.

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    Green Bean Casserole

    Rather than relying on a cream-based soup, it’s held together by a creamy puree of parsnips and mushrooms. The caramelized onion topping still delivers the buttery onion flavor that we all love, without the deep-fried grease and flour to go along with it. All of our favorite flavors covered.

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    Poblano Cornbread Stuffing

    A traditional side with a spicy twist to go with your main meal. Plus, there’s just no such thing as too much stuffing.

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    Vegan Thanksgiving Mains

    neurotic mommy vegan brussel sprouts caesar salad with chickpea croutons

    Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

    I make this loaf for my family every year. It packs all the Thanksgiving flavors we all love.

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    Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash Roast

    It’s basically stuffed with Thanksgiving itself, this not only is amazingly delicious but it gives you {and your taste buds} all the thanksgiving feels!

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    Quinoa Risotto Stuffed Pumpkins

    Tender, roasted pumpkins filled with quinoa risotto and infused with white wine and garlic.

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    Thanksgiving Bowl

    Literally everything you’d want from Thanksgiving all in one bowl. Roasted veggies, toasty pecans, mashed potatoes, and easy vegan gravy — drooling.

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    Thanksgiving Desserts

    neurotic mommy vegan cranberry orange loaf cake

    Maple Corn Muffins with Cashew Cream Filling

    Generously filled with cashew cream, these corn muffins are full of flavor with hints of maple and pecan. All sorts of deeelish.

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    Single Serve Pumpkin Pie

    Single Serve Pumpkin Pie, for the true pumpkin lovers who do not wish to share this magical, pumpkin-y dessert. Healthy, high in magnesium, and deliciously creamy and dreamy.

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    Sweet Potato Layer Cake

    Moist, sweet, delicious  — the sexy side of Thanksgiving {lolz}.

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    Vegan Cranberry Orange Loaf Cake

    Luscious cranberry loaf cake drizzled with a sweet orange glaze. The perfect addition to holiday festivities.

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    Vegan Vanilla Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

    Decadent, rich and super delish — can’t go wrong with cheesecake.

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    Vegan Carrot Cake

    A delicious gluten-free and vegan carrot cake topped with vegan cream cheese frosting. This decadent dessert is allergy friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

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    And the number one MUST HAVE beverage during this season is Vegan Coquito!  

    neurotic mommy vegan coquito

    A traditional Puerto Rican eggnog-like alcoholic beverage that’s dairy-free, creamy, sweet, and delicious just like the real thing.

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    And there you have it — a nice line up of what a Vegan Thanksgiving looks like and proof that you can eat meat +  dairy free even on a holiday.

    If you’d like to eat more consciously this year for yourself, the animals, and planet, my favorite way to contribute spreading the vegan love is by sponsoring a turkey through Woodstock Sanctuary. You get the sweetest postcard in the mail all about the turkey that you helped sponsor, explaining how they got to the sanctuary and a little bit about their favorite things. It’s heartwarming. Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

    See More: Where to Find Thanksgiving Pies in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Bayonne

    Will you be recreating any of these vegan dishes for Thanksgiving? If you do, make sure to tag us on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + @NeuroticMommy — we can’t wait to see! <3

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